Polygamy vs Gay Marriage Janine Reports 9/12/07
Yesterday’s New York Times featured an intriguing article on how polygamists
in Utah and members of the Mormon Church are intermingling more and more these days. In the article, “In Polygamy Country, Old Divisions Are Fading”, A Mormon woman named Amber Clark was quoted on her liberal attitude towards the legalization of polygamy.
“If it’s legal in some states for people of the same sex to get married, why
is it not legal to marry more than one wife,” Clark said.
For the record, it is not legal in SOME states for gays to marry. It is legal in ONE state. Massachusetts. Secondly, the argument in favor of gay marriage is in support of love between consenting adults as well as in support of equality with heterosexual couples in society. I don’t see why Clark is leveling gay marriage with polygamy. She’s truly comparing apples to oranges. The only thing similar between the two is that both have been outlawed and discriminated against in this country. Gay marriage is much more like heterosexual marriage than it is like polygamy.
The legalization of plural marriage would affect not just polygamists in Utah, but society as a whole. If plural marriage was legalized, the institution of marriage might be wholly reinvented. I don’t personally care who marries who or how many people each person wants to marry. I just think it would be interesting to see how it all plays out.
An addendum. Gays don’t want to get married for the belief that they will
receive eternal salvation. Cultish Utah polygamists do. The idea that a man will only receive eternal salvation if he engages in plural marriage has as much clout to me as the idea that a terrorist will meet 40 virgins in heaven if he engages in jihad. Food for thought.